Date(s) - 04/09/2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
A time we will gather online to worship, pray, and take the Lord’s Supper together virtually.
April 9th, 7 PM – 8 PM
Dear First Baptist Church,
I would like to invite you to join us this Maundy Thursday (April 9th) at 7pm for a very special time of prayer, musical worship, and communion. Because we are living in extraordinary times, we cannot gather together in the same building, but we can come together online and observe this day as a church body. Please make plans to join us on our website at https://fbccov.org/live or https://facebook.com/fbccov
Maundy Thursday will be celebrated by millions of Christians around the world. On the Thursday before He sacrificed His life, Jesus gathered his disciples for the Last Supper and observed the very first Communion/Lord’s Supper (Matt 26:17-30). This is also when Jesus gave his followers a new commandment/mandate to “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34)
When we observe communion as a church, our deacons lovingly prepare the elements for us and distribute them during the service. This Thursday we must do things differently. Here are some simple steps that you can take to prepare yourself for this unique communion service.
PRAY. The Bible commands us in 1 Corinthians 11 to examine ourselves before we take communion. This is a time to confess sin to God, ask for forgiveness, and offer forgiveness to other people. This ensures we are taking communion with clean hands and a pure heart. Take some time between now and Thursday to ask God to reveal to you what you need to do before you take communion.
ASK. Take a moment to ask God if you are ready to take communion. First Baptist Church practices open communion, which means that we invite all believers, regardless of church membership or denomination, to participate. If you have never put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and would like to talk to a pastor about how to do that, we would love to speak with you. Simply reply to this email and we will be in touch.
PREPARE THE ELEMENTS. There are two elements that are needed for communion. Bread to represent the body of Jesus that was broken for us and juice to represent the blood that He shed on the cross. Remember that these elements are symbols to remind us, so in these extraordinary times we are reminded to not get tied to the specific type of bread or liquid, but rather focus on what these symbols represent. See below for some specific ideas to help you with these elements.
PREPARE YOUR FAMILY. If you have children, we hope that they will be able to be part of this service with us. If they have not yet made their own personal profession of faith, please talk with them before Thursday about communion. Explain what it is, why you are taking it, share your testimony, and let them know what the elements represent. If your children have not yet made a profession of faith, please encourage them to observe and think about what communion represents.
Here are some ways that you can prepare communion elements at home:
Bread: The Bible speaks of unleavened bread (bread without yeast). It is likely that you already have some type of unleavened bread in your pantry right now. These may include tortilla shells (hard or soft), matza crackers, or other flatbread. In addition, most types of crackers will work.
If you don’t have flatbread or crackers then any type of bread will work. If you have children and would like to do something together as a family, a quick internet search for unleavened bread recipes will give you a great family activity. Flour, water, salt, and oil will be all that you need to make your own communion bread.
Juice: We serve grape juice when we observe communion together. If you do not have grape juice, please do not feel the need to purchase any. You can use any other juice that you have in the house. Any fruit juice, even juice from a kid’s juice box will work. If you don’t have any fruit juice, then tea or even water will work to remind you of the blood that Jesus shed on the cross.
Family Tip: It doesn’t matter if there are 2 people or 10 people gathered in your home for communion, you may want to consider serving each other. When Jesus celebrated the first communion, He served His disciples (even to the point of washing their feet). Dads/Husbands we encourage you to step out in leadership to serve communion to your family. If you are a single mom or a mom who is the spiritual leader in your home, we encourage you to do the same. Communion is a time to remember that the spiritual leader is called to humbly serve those who they lead. If you are single, a widow, or widower then remember that the Holy Spirit is present with you always and your church family is praying for you. If you are struggling through this time, please reply and let us know.
For many of us, this communion celebration will feel very different. I imagine that most of us have never taken communion from our pantry and observed it in our living room. However, this is a great chance to remember that the church is not a building, but rather the people that God has called to follow Him. We are the Body of Christ when we are gathered by the thousands in one location and we are the same Body of Christ when we are dispersed into thousands of locations. This may be the most memorable communion that you ever take and we hope that you will make plans to join us on Thursday.